GENESEO, N.Y. - Three members of the SUNY Geneseo track & field program were honored by the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) following the completion of the outdoor campaign. Senior Alexa Wandy was named the Women's Field Athlete of the Year while junior Isaac Garcia-Cassani was tabbed the Men's Track Athlete of the Year and head coach Chris Popovici was named the Women's Coach of the Year. The awards marked a clean sweep for the year as the trio also won the same awards, respectively, following the indoor season.
Wandy was honored after landing three All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, including a national championship in the triple jump. She posted the five best triple jumps during the competition, including the second-longest effort in Division III history (13.00m - 42'8") on the final jump of the day that also established the meet record. Wandy became only the second Division III student-athlete to ever hit the 13-meter plateau and was the first since McMurray's Darcell Edwards set the Division III record (13.45m/44'2") in 2004. Wandy also finished an All-American second in the long jump (5.95m/19'6.25") competition before teaming with junior Camille Wutz, junior Lauren Bamford and sophomore Hannah Madden to finish an All-American seventh in the 4x100 relay (47.71) finals. Wandy finishes her career an eight-time All-American and three-time national champion after also sweeping the long and triple jump titles during the indoor season last winter.
Garcia-Cassani capped the year with his second national championship and fourth All-America honor after clocking a 3:52.59 time to best the field in the 1,500 at the NCAA Championships. His junior campaign also included setting a SUNYAC record in the event (3:42.66) at the Swarthmore Last Chance Invite (May 15) before winning the conference title to go along with a runner-up finish in the 5,000 (14:47.03) at the SUNYAC Championships. Garcia-Cassani also won the mile and added a leg to the national runner-up distance medley relay during the NCAA Indoor Championships while placing fourth during the NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall. He will enter his final season in Blue and White a nine-time All-American in cross country and track & field.
Popovici won his second outdoor honor in his third year guiding the Knights' program. Under his tuteledge, the Geneseo women won their second SUNYAC Championship in three seasons and 10th overall in program history. He also helped guide the Knights' women to a sweep of the SUNYAC cross country, indoor and outdoor team titles. The Geneseo women finished in a tie for fifth-place at the NCAA Outdoor Championships while ending up fourth in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Program of the Year rankings.